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Well I said nothing about your background, credentials or circumstances, or for that matter your skills as a writer beyond the contents of this post. You may well be a fine professional journalist for all I know, and I'm happy to take your word for that. It still wouldn't mean that everything you write is journalism. I honestly do not criticize you at all if the people whose opinions hold the most weight are the creators of the work you're writing about, but that is pretty much the definition of marketing communications. It's a fine trade, but even its best practitioners don't consider themselves journalists. But I agree that we've probably exhausted each others patience, so I'll wish you well (genuinely), and leave you to conclude if you wish. All the best.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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Accepting an invitation from a marketing department to a screening of a film and agreeing to write about it for free on a web platform is not journalism. If you think it is, you have lost perspective.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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To shoot just the biggest fish in this particular barrel: This is not journalism. But thank you for answering my question.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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1) "If the objective of a review is to critique a film whilst putting forward an opinion of it, then I've succeeded in doing so as far as it's possible to do for this film." Who taught you that that's what reviews should do? The objective of a review is to be read and leave the reader better off, a distinction I'm surprised NYU (or is it BFI?) didn't mention. And I think you mean you succeeded "as far as I personally was able," unless Roger Ebert agrees that you have set an unreachably high benchmark. (And let's leave aside for now that we're really talking about marketing, not critiquing. Unless I'm wrong, you saw an advance preview of a film before its release and are now playing your voluntary part in a word-of-mouth promotional campaign along with many others. Nothing wrong with that.) 2) "I don't know if you've see The Cabin in the Woods, but its success relies on knowing almost nothing about it before viewing." Then why review it at all? Why not wait and buy a ticket and go to town on your response as an actual member of the actual gloriously surprised audience? Why not a 40 word review, or a 4 word review? But perhaps BFI (or is it NYU?) didn't cover tricky left-field thinking. 3) "That being the case, a more traditional review would not work." Or again, "which I personally could not see how to make work," you mean. 4) "If you don't like my review, that's fine, but to disregard it as a "useless nerdgasm" and as a "desperate need for self-expression" is entirely missing the point." Ok, fair point about the second one. I can't be sure about your motivations. It reads like a pretty desperate need to speak-up about a film to me. But the first one is exactly the point: This is as far as I can see the first post on this site that could be exported into AICN without the need to change a comma. I didn't "disregard" it as a nerdgasm, I described it as one, and it is.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Remote and Controlled at Critic's Notebook
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